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Power, Profits, and Patriarchy


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Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 List of Abbreviations Chapter 3 1 Introduction Chapter 4 2 "Masters and Servants" The Foundations of Patriarchy, 1791-1867 Chapter 5 3 With "Liberality and Kindness": The Genesis of Paternalism, 1868-1891 Chapter 6 4 "You Are Not Paid to Think": The Collapse of Paternalism, 1868-1891 Chapter 7 5 "A Personal Interest in the Prosperity of Their Employers": Bureaucratic Hegemony and the Origins of Social Patriarchy, 1914-1922 Chapter 8 6 Epilogue Chapter 9 Notes Chapter 10 Appendix A: Children's Employment Commission (1862) Chapter 11 Appendix B: Factory and Workshops Acts Commission Part 12 Select Bibliography Part 13 Index Part 14 About the Authors

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William G. Staples is professor of sociology at the University of Kansas. Clifford L. Staples is professor of sociology at the University of North Dakota.


Power, Profits, and Patriarchy is an outstanding addition to the literature of labor history, industrial sociology, and gender studies. Within the context of a brisk and specific narrative, it deepens understanding of the actual processes by which industrial capitalism began, flourished, and eventually became transmogrified. Resting on exhaustive historical research and thorough engagement with the relevant historical and sociological literature, Power, Profits and Patriarchy provides unique and arresting perspectives on both the historical development of and contemporary crisis in industrial capitalism. -- Robert H. Zieger, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Florida
Power, Profits, and Patriarchy is an exhaustively researched study that clearly demonstrates how the patriarchal social distinctions characterizing different factory regimes shaped the relations between capital and labor and ultimately molded the formation of their collective interests. It is a theoretically sophisticated analysis that shows how both the material workings of an industry and assumptions about class, gender and age were central to the social organization of work in England during the Industrial Revolution. -- Sonya Rose, University of Michigan
A well-documented study of the social relations of the workplace and how these were shaped by gender assumptions. Power, Profits, and Patriarchy contributes to our understanding of the sex segregation of work and the ways hierarchical relations of class and gender reinforced and reproduced each other at the workplace. No one can read this book and continue to doubt that the development of capitalism was a gendered process. * American Journal of Sociology *
Power, Profits, and Patriarchy is a dazzling dance of history and theory. Entering the hidden abode of production of one, carefully situated, English manufacturing firm, Staples and Staples show how work is embedded in a political regime, reconfigured across three centuries through the struggles it organizes-struggles in which class and patriarchy are inextricably intertwined. Following in the footsteps of Karl Marx, they go beyond his economic analysis of the labor process to give the politics of production a new centrality both in people's lives as well as in social theory. This is ethnohistory at its very best! -- Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley

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